The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew offers a reduced admission price during November, I thought that the discount may be because there might not be much to see, I was wrong. My mother and travelled from the very north of England to spend a weekend in London and Kew was top of her agenda. Here are a few of the pictures and links so that you can discover a little of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kew Gardens for yourself. There was so much to experience, we saw only a fraction of it. I recommend taking the free walking tour, ours was entertaining, informative and most enjoyable.
It was a crisp chilly day so for a while we warmed ourselves in The Palm House.
We climbed the iron, spiral stairs into the roof above the plants and the mist.
There was a wonderful temporary installation called The Hive, it is connected to the activity of the bees at Kew.
Once you are inside The Hive you will experience lights and vibration triggered by the bees along with music in the key of C which is apparently the same frequency as the bees use to communicate.
Another entertaining feature is the treetop walkway which is a footpath 18 metres high above the arboretum allowing views across the landscape.
This will be just as spectacular when the branches are devoid of leaves. Whilst we were ambling above the trees the weather turned nasty, a soaking was avoided by visiting the conservatory,
and the water lily house before setting out again to walk the grounds. The ginkgo trees were in full splendour and I am puzzled as to why I have no photos of them. We have a beautiful ginkgo leaf stencil at The Stencil Library and seeing the trees made me more determined to decorate something with the design. It is a rather large stencil so the project may have to be walls or fabric. Another inspiration was the grass garden, I keep planting ornamental grasses in my flower beds then accidently pulling them up mistaking them for weeds so my borders look nothing like the ones at Kew!
All in all it was a lovely day. Now we hope to visit at least once in every season next year. At the moment Kew is hosting an illuminated after dark event called Christmas at Kew until January 2nd 2017...it looks a bit fab, I may have to book another train ticket!